Campbell Police Department invites applications for the Lateral Police Officer position. Continue your career in law enforcement by joining the Campbell Police Department and make a difference in the Campbell community. We are looking for women and men from all backgrounds who would like to make an impact in the communities they service.  We offer competitive salary and benefits.

Be the one to make a difference in a community that supports our core values of Service, Justice, and Fundamental Fairness. We offer endless opportunities and the chance to make a positive impact in your community. We recognize that excellent customer service, community partnerships and responsiveness to our communities’ needs are the foundation of superior police service.

salary & benefits


  • Lateral Police Officer Salary: up to $189,196

Specialty Pay

  • Retention Pay: One time benchmark bonuses at 5, 10, 15, & 20 years.

  • Bilingual Pay: $100 per pay period

  • Canine Pay: Canine handlers receive 5% of base pay rate

  • Field Training Officer: 5% of base pay rate

  • POST Police Officer Intermediate Certificate - 5.0%

  • POST Police Officer Advanced Certificate - 7.5%


  • CalPERS - Formula is dependent on hire date and member status in CalPERS. Please see our benefit summary for more information.

  • The City contracts Health Insurance through CalPERS with several plans available.

  • The City contributes $2,285 for family, $1,757 for employee plus one, or $879 for employee, towards health insurance coverage.

  • The City pays the monthly premiums for employee and eligible dependents for VSP Vision and Delta Dental coverage.

  • City paid life and long term disability insurance for employee.

  • Employees earn 11-21 days of vacation based on years of service.

  • Receive 5.4% in lieu of holiday pay.

  • Employees earn 3.69 hours of sick leave per pay period.

  • The City contributes $170.00 per pay period to VEBA, the City’s Voluntary Employee Benefit Association.

  • Employees are eligible to receive up to $3000 per year in tuition reimbursement.

  • Uniform allowance $1,110 per year.


Typical duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Enforces Federal, State and Municipal laws and ordinances;

  • Performs patrol duties in cars, on motorcycles or bicycles, and on foot as required;

  • Enforces State and local traffic laws to regulate traffic, and investigates accidents;

  • Answers calls for service and the protection of life and property;

  • Makes arrests as required and testifies in court;


Education & experience:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university. (College units must be completed at time of application)

  • Completion of a POST approved basic academy.

Ability to:

  • Learn laws of arrest and pertinent local, State and Federal laws and reasonably interpret the technical concepts of law;

  • Use and care for firearms;

  • Remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places, and judge situations and persons accurately;

  • Work on own initiative without exacting supervision;

  • Learn to operate special equipment such as motorcycles and bicycles;

  • Communicate utilizing standard police radio broadcasting procedures;

  • Follow oral and written instructions;

  • Prepare complete and accurate reports;

  • Establish and maintain effective public relations, and work cooperatively with others.

Possession of:

  • Valid California Driver's License

  • POST Academy Graduation Certificate (Must maintain valid POST certification)

  • Certification in CPR, AED, and First Aid

Additional Requirements:

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States under Federal Law.

  • Pre-employment: ability to pass drug and alcohol test; candidates must not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison.

  • Physical capacity to meet standards established by the City of Campbell

  • Weight in proportion to height.

  • 20/20 corrected vision in both eyes. 20/40 uncorrected vision (both eyes) for those wearing glasses or hard contact lenses. Uncorrected vision requirements may be waived for persons wearing soft contact lenses upon verification of vision stability.

  • If military veteran, discharges other than honorable will be evaluated on an individual basis.

  • Satisfactory results on appropriate written, medical, background and psychiatric examinations.

become a cpd officer

Step 1

Prepare For Your Career

Meeting the minimum qualifications for your career is essential, but surpassing them, networking, developing soft skills, staying updated, and mastering interviews amplifies your chances for success.

Step 2

Pass Written Test

To qualify, candidates must pass the PELLETB, requiring a T-Score of 50 or above in the PELLETB written exam. However, exemptions exist for those who have been employed as Police Officers in the last 12 months, alleviating the need for proof of these specific scores.

Step 3

Create a governmentjobs.com Login

Applications must be submitted through governmentjobs.com.

Step 4

Complete Application Questionnaires

Answer all provided questions thoughtfully and thoroughly to demonstrate your qualifications effectively.

Step 5

Submit Required Documents

Upload all necessary documents accurately to showcase your skills and experiences clearly.

Step 6

Complete Application

Ensure all sections are filled out correctly and finalize your application submission.

Applicants meeting the qualifications and submission of all necessary documents may be invited to continue in the selection process.

Step 7

Personal Histroy Questionnaire

Applicants meeting the qualifications and submission of all necessary documents will be asked to provide a personal history background.

The Personal History Background is designed to identify applicants who do not meet the minimum standards to become a Police Recruit and proceed with the process.

This step may save the ineligible applicant considerable time and effort involved in the interview process.

Step 8

Oral Board Interview

This step in the process consists of a series of panel interviews.

Candidates will be asked five to eight questions, not necessarily police-related. Pass Point is 70% or higher. Results are valid for three years.

Candidates who successfully complete the Oral Board Interview will be placed on a list of eligible candidates.

Candidates selected to advance to the Background Investigation Process will be notified approximately 3 weeks later.

Step 9

Background Investigation

Candidates being considered for appointment will be subject to a polygraph examination and a background investigation.

Upon a conditional offer of employment, candidates will also be required to pass medical and psychological exams.

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including employment verification and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check.

Candidates being considered for appointment will be subject to a polygraph examination and a background investigation.